I'm currently on my annual trip to Alaska. This time, I'm based near the northern border of Denali National Park (though I'm currently uploading these photos from the university in Fairbanks.)
Yesterday, I got back from a three day trip east of Denali in the Carlo Creek/Nenana River area. Pictures from the trip below...
This is a ptarmigan or grouse--I'm not sure how to tell the difference between the two. This one was acting quite strange. It ruffled its neck feathers, walked back and forth along the trail, and let out a frustrated squawk every few moments. I don't know if it's mating season or if it was trying to lead me away from its eggs, but it was definitely up to something.
Caribou. Supposedly this pond has a large amount of calcium, which may account for the especially blue hue of the water.
Caribou and beaver.
Ominous mountain pass.